Oi was a music sub genre that had its roots of the football terraces of Great Britain. The lyrics of this particular form of punk was based on the hooligan chanting. Gary Bushell a national journalist was the instigator of this movement. When he talked a record company into releasing an LP called Oi - the album! Which introduced the nation to street rock. A term coined for OI in the United States of America. On the LP were artists like the 4-skins, Peter & the Test tube babies among others. Some artists were invented in the boardroom. As there weren't enough to fill up the track list. The album ignited a scene that was too sweep the country. a second album shortly followed. It was called Strength Thru Oi! featuring once again the 4-skins with tracks like "Sorry" and "Evil". New names were being established ike Infa Riot, The Last Resort, The Toydolls. This was the 1980's and the country was ready for another wave of punk rock.
The establishment reacted by trying to tie it in with nazi symbolism. The title of the album was a play on a nazi slogan, and the photographed skinhead on the cover, a leading member of The British Movement, - a nazi political party. It was a stigma that was too stick and prove hard to shake off. Though their efforts were meant to destroy oi, the movement survived, yet was weakened for more than a decade.It relaunched and became as stated earlier - street punk, idolized by the Americans and spawning bands in the US like Rancid, Agonostic Front among others. Oi is still relevant today in Europe.